I Hope You're As Angry As I Am About What She Says At 0:31

This woman is so darn fearless. Sadly, as she points out, her word's not going to be taken seriously. All just because of what she did for a living. But I hope you will put your gut impulse to judge aside and listen to her.

I Hope You're As Angry As I Am About What She Says At 0:31

This is Gabriela Leite, a Brazilian woman who died in October 2013. She was a daughter. She was a mother. She was a cancer victim. She was an activist. But above all, Gabriela Leite was a prostitute activist. She had sex for money, and she loved it. She worked to improve the rights of sex workers in Brazil and across the world. And in 2010, she even ran for office! Now that's gutsy.

While there's still work to be done — wayyy too many people won't listen to someone just because she has had sex for money! — Gabriela did a ton of good stuff for her fellow working women (and men). Her memory deserves to live on. I am sad I never got to meet this heroine.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.